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The Best Rock Albums of 2013

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock Albums
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    8/10
    7.5/10
  1. Pharmakon: Abandon (Sacred Bones)

  2. Knife: Shaking The Habitual (Rabid)

  3. Signor Benedick the Moor: El Negro (Deathbomb Arc)
  4. Haxan Cloak: Excavation (Tri Angle)
  5. Abu Lahab: Supplications of the Last Gyrosophist (Abu Lahab)
    7/10
  6. Ichiko Aoba: 0 (Speedstar)
  7. Metasplice: Infratracts (Morphine)
  8. Julianna Barwick: Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)
  9. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: Ripely Pine (Ba Da Bing)
  10. Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura: Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura (Golden Lab)
  11. Stara Rzeka: Cien Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem (Instant Classic)
  12. Alvin Curran: Shofar Rags (Tzadik)
  13. Jar Moff: Financial Glam (Pan)
  14. Qa'a: Sang (Magia Roja)
  15. Puce Mary: Success (Posh Isolation)
  16. Lorde: Pure Heroine (Universal)
  17. Cate LeBon: Mug Museum (Wichita)
  18. Danny Brown: OLD (Fool's Gold)
  19. Iceage: You're Nothing (Matador)
  20. Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap
  21. Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer Different Park
  22. Deafheaven: Sunbather (Deathwish)
  23. Chelsea Wolfe: Pain Is Beauty (Sargeant House)
  24. Kayo Dot: Hubardo (Tzadik)
  25. Jason Isbell: Southeastern ()
  26. Ulwhednar: Withatten 1892 (Northern Electronics)
  27. Dirty Beaches: Drifters (Zoo)
  28. Dale Cooper Quartet: Quatorze Pieces De Menace (Denovali)

EPs and minis:

  1. Katie Gately: Pipes (Blue Tapes), 7.5/10 (EP)
  2. Pharoah Chromium: Vodou Rallizes (self) (EP)
  3. FKA Twigs: EP2 (self), 7/10 (EP)
  4. Guerilla Toss: Guerilla Toss (Tzadik) , 7/10 (EP)
  5. Abu Lahab: Of Heliotaxis and Cosmic Knifing (), 7/10 (mini)
  6. Artirial: Artirial (), 7/10 (mini)
Songs
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  1. Julianna Barwick: The Harbinger
  2. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: Aubergine
  3. Knife: A Tooth For An Eye
  4. Savages: No Face
  5. Circuit des Yeux: Some Day
  6. Julian Lynch: Yawning
  7. Phosphorescent: Song for Zula
  8. Gorguts: An Ocean of Wisdom
  9. Vampire Weekend: Worship You
  10. Run the Jewels: Get It
  11. Guerilla Toss: Judy Wants Sex in the News
  12. FKA Twigs: How's That
  13. Janelle Monae: Dance Apocalyptic
  14. Metasplice: Arterial Protocol
  15. Courtney Barnett: Avant Gardener
  16. Alasdair Roberts: Scandal and Trance
  17. Flaming Lips: The Terror
  18. Okkervil River: It Was My Season
  19. Twenty One Pilots: Guns for Hands
  20. Neko Case: Wild Creatures
  21. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: The Nothing Part II
  22. Katie Gately: Dead Referee
  23. Frontierer: The Collapse
  24. Julie Ruin: Ha Ha Ha
  25. Circuit des Yeux: Acarina
  26. Flaming Lips: Try To Explain
  27. Arcade Fire: Reflektor
  28. James Blake: Overgrown
  29. Cassandra Jenkins: The Bird
  30. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: Rooftop
  31. Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  32. Iceage: Everything Drifts
  33. Cate LeBon: Duke
  34. Camellia: Bug Collection
  35. Lucrecia Dalt: Inframince
  36. Lorde: Ribs
  37. Julie Ruin: Cookie Road
  38. James Holden: Renata
  39. Alice Boman: Skiss 8
  40. Earl Sweatshirt: Centurion
  41. Bill Callahan: Small Plane
  42. Janelle Monae: Sally Ride
  43. Guerilla Toss: Gay Disco
  44. Twenty One Pilots: Holding on to You
  45. Paramore: Now
  46. Death Grips: Whatever I Want
  47. Clarence Clarity: Alive In The Septic Tank
  48. Jimmy Eat World: I Will Steal Your Heart
  49. Signor Benedick the Moor: All Revere
  50. Chance the Rapper: Good Ass Intro
  51. Lorde: Tennis Court
  52. oOoOO: Sirens
  53. Sophie: Bipp
  54. Armand Hammer: Hand Over Fist
  55. Chelsea Wolfe: The Warden
  56. Sleigh Bells: Young Legends
  57. Ka: Barring the Likeness
  58. Tricot: Artsick
  59. Mitski: Because Dreaming Costs Money My Dear
  60. Young Thug: Stoner
  61. Chainsmokers: #selfie
  62. Nmesh: The Goose is Loose
  63. Matmos: Tunnel
  64. Thee Oh Sees: I Come From The Mountain
  65. Buke and Gase: Hiccup
  66. Jason Isbell: Cover me up
  67. Planning for Burial: Bleached Body
  68. Dirty Beaches: I Dream in Neon
  69. Valerie June: Workin' Woman Blues
  70. Palberta: Pop Song
  71. Xenia Rubinos: Cherry Tree
  72. Laura Mvula: That's Alright
  73. Kevin Morby: Miles, Miles, Miles
  74. Nicole Dollanganger: Ugly

Extended compositions
  1. Fuck Buttons: Brainfreeze
  2. Pharmakon: Sour Sap
  3. Katie Gately: Pipes
  4. Abu Lahab: Baleful Night
  5. Knife: Full Of Fire
  6. Haxan Cloak: The Drop
  7. Ichiko Aoba: Mechanical Universe
  8. Alvin Curran: Shofar X 17
  9. King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard: Head On/Pill
  10. Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura: Christmas In Honduras
  11. Lionel Marchetti: My Dream My Drone
  12. Pharmakon: Ache
  13. Beggars: Midget Decapitates Clown
  14. Abu Lahab: Cynocephalic Torments
  15. Haxan Cloak: Excavation (Part 1)
  16. Deafheaven: Vertigo
  17. Stara Rzeka: Przebudzenie Boga Wschodu
  18. Funeralium: 21st Century Ineptia
  19. Alameda 3: Pozne Krolestwo
  20. DJ Hidden: Reversed Psychology
  21. Jim Haynes: November
  22. Qa'a: Sang
  23. Jar Moff: Commercial Mouth
  24. Darkside: Golden Arrow
  25. Echologist: Down The Rabbit Hole
  26. Vektroid: Enemy
  27. Gigan: Beneath The Sea Of Tranquility
  28. Autechre: Yjy Ux
  29. David Yow: Opening Suite
  30. Steve Gunn: Lurker
  31. Puce Mary: The Wait
  32. Bitchin Bajas: Krausened
  33. Helm: Silencer
  34. Wolf Eyes: Confessions of the Informer
  35. Jon Hopkins: Open Eye Signal
  36. Primitive Man: Scorn
  37. Autechre: Nodezsh
  38. Kurt Vile: Wakin on a Pretty Day
  39. Uboa: Jouissance
  40. Artirial: Imagination
  41. DJ Koze: Marilyn Whirlwind
  42. Cult of Luna: Vicarious Redemption
  43. Spektr: Cypher
  44. Richard Chartier: Interior Field - Part 1
  45. Jute Gyte: Acedia
  46. Pryapisme: La Notion De Chiralite De Spin
  47. Retribution Gospel Choir: Seven
  48. Lycus: Coma Burn
  49. Eluvium: Covered in Writing
  50. Burial: Come Down to Us
  51. Dale Cooper Quartet: Brosme en Dos-vert
  52. Kayo Dot: The First Matter
  53. Ulwhednar: Withatten 1892 - V
  54. The Men: Supermoon
  55. Goat (Japan): Std
  56. Alex Boman: Hello
  57. Kevin Morby: Harlem River
  58. Moon Relay: Dracula Dub
  59. Steven Wilson: The Holy Drinker
  60. Oneirogen: Katabasis
  61. Irr. App. (Ext.): Observation Affects the Outcome
  62. Windhand: Boleskine
Jazz

    7.5/10
  1. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Gamak
  2. Yelena Eckemoff: Glass Song
    7/10
  3. Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: Wislawa
  4. Ken Vandermark & Mats Gustafsson: Verses
  5. Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Shadow Man
  6. Kyle Bruckmann: Technological Music Vol 1
  7. Engine Room Favourites: Blue Meat, Black Diesel & Engine Room Favourites
  8. Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Slippery Rock
  9. Rob Mazurek: Skull Sessions
  10. Power of the Horns: Alaman
  11. Satoko Fujii: Shiki
  12. Craig Taborn: Chants
  13. Pat Metheny: Unity Band
  14. Dave Holland: Prism (Dare 2)
  15. Keith Jarrett: Somewhere (ECM)

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